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DonorsChoose.org has a familiar—and extraordinary—founding story: Charles Best, the founder and CEO, was a social science teacher at a school in the Bronx, who, like many many other teachers around the country, found himself purchasing a lot of school supplies out of his own pocket. So he created DonorsChoose.org, where teachers can post information about what school supplies they need for their classrooms, and where donors can (you guessed it!) choose what school projects they wish to support. So until our education funding model improves, teachers can use DonorsChoose.org to ease the expense of creative teaching and student support.

Charles Best will be talking social impact online on Tuesday at New York Ideas.

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A New York Idea worthy of the name? The new Getty Images collection of stock photos of real professional women, not high-heeled ladder-climbers with folders or hammers grasped in perfectly manicured paws. The collection, a collaboration between Getty and LeanIn.org, is the brainchild of Pamela Grossman, curator and expert on visual trends extraordinaire.

We’re excited to host Pam Grossman on stage at the New York Ideas festival (on Tuesday!).

Kickstarter, the New York-based popular crowdfunding platform, went live 5 years ago on April 28. No wonder CEO and co-founder Yancey Strickler’s indulging in some well-deserved company pride on Twitter.

Happy Birthday, Kickstarter! (And thanks, Yancey, for taking some time out from helping people crowdsource their way to their dreams to come talk to the crowd at New York Ideas).

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The New Yorker is a New York institution—and arguably, its cartoons, which always manage to mix that perfect cocktail of sardonic understatement and snark, are even more so. All of which means that Bob Mankoff, the legendary cartoon editor at the magazine, has helped define the New York sense of humor in the course of his lengthy career.

His memoir, “How About Never—Is Never Good for You?” entitled after one of Mankoff’s most famous cartoons, was recently released and has already hit the New York Times Bestseller list.

Bob Mankoff will be sharing his classic wit and wisdom with us on May 6 at New York Ideas.

Guess who this sunset-y sweatshirted guy is?
Well, it’s Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare and Dodgeball. And on May 6, he’ll be checking in at the New York Historical Society for this year’s New York Ideas festival, where he’ll be talking entrepreneurship and tech.

Guess who this sunset-y sweatshirted guy is?

Well, it’s Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare and Dodgeball. And on May 6, he’ll be checking in at the New York Historical Society for this year’s New York Ideas festival, where he’ll be talking entrepreneurship and tech.